The use of outside space, with access to fresh air and nature can have an uplifting effect on everyone from young children to the elderly. Designing the outside space, especially with wheel chairs, day beds and the less able in mind, can prove difficult.
Trip hazards, wheelchair users and accessibility for visually impaired are all important considerations in the specification of hard landscaping.
JB CitiDeck® timber decking has recently been specified across a range of care homes and hospices including Keech Hospice Care in Bedfordshire and St Peter and St James in East Sussex.
The new wellbeing centre at St Peter and St James Hospice has been built to provide more space and support to patients. CitiDeck® was chosen by Operations Manager Caroline Harding after careful consideration and comparison with other alternatives.
At Keech Hospice Care, which looks after adults from Luton & south Bedfordshire and children from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes, JB CitiDeck® was chosen for part of the garden, a key area for the personal and social interaction of the children at the hospice. The non-slip decking was required for the safety of patients using the decking. JB CitiDeck® is a smooth deck board with a finer aggregate than JB Anti-Slip Plus® which provides a more suitable surface for wheelchairs and less of a trip hazard for the less able.
Mike Keel, Chief Executive from Keech Hospice Care comments Were really pleased with the new decked area; the smooth anti-slip decking works well in this environment.
Patients and families are able to enjoy the fabulous outdoor space which they can all access. The children love the area and it is easy for families to take them to this space. The families of the patients also love the new decking area.
Loved ones and families are struggling with a very difficult time when they are at the hospice and being able to enjoy a fabulous area away from the wards is incredibly beneficial.